Golf Rankings for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Woods has won four of his six stroke play events this season and has won this event multiple times. Tiger has played the Memorial a total of 13 times, winning on five occasions and recording a total of eight top-10s.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Kuchar withdrew from the Memorial last year for unknown reasons which become a big disappointment given his strong history on this track. Prior to his share of second in 2011, Kuchar had finished T8, T5, T10 and T13 the four previous years. He’s slated to suit up this week and is a prime selection coming off a solo second last week at Colonial.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
It’s been an every other year thing for Rose in the Memorial. In even-numbered years he’s placed T2 in 2008, won in 2010 and placed solo eighth in 2012. However, Rose missed the cut in both 2009 and 2011. Rose is coming off a missed cut in THE PLAYERS, but had finished 25th or better in five straight starts prior to that.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
McIlroy finished T10 in his Memorial debut back in 2010 and placed a career-best fifth the following year but missed last year’s cut. He’s coming off missing the cut in last week’s BMW Championship, an event on the European Tour. McIlroy’s last stateside result was a T8 in THE PLAYERS to give him four top-10s in his last six PGA Tour starts.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
Scott hasn’t experienced much success in the Memorial since back-to-back top-five finishes in 2006-07. This year’s victor in the Masters is making just his sixth appearance in a stroke play event this season and most recently carded a T19 at THE PLAYERS.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Snedeker began the season on fire with four podium finishes in his first five starts, but would miss two cuts following an absence as the result of a rib injury. Snedeker has turned it back on lately, however, with two top-10s in his last three starts: a T6 in the Masters and a T8 in THE PLAYERS. He withdrew from last year’s Memorial after missing three cuts from 2007-10.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #11
Westwood hasn’t played the Memorial since 2003, but is coming off a T9 in last week’s BMW Championship to give him four consecutive worldwide top-10s. Westwood hasn’t missed a cut all year and is a worthwhile investment despite a lack of recent course history.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #3
Donald missed the cut in last week’s BMW Championship, but has been pretty solid when it comes to playing stateside despite missing a cut in his only other European Tour start this year. Donald has played the Memorial each of the last two years, finishing T7 in 2011 and solo 12th a year ago. On Tour, Donald owns four straight top-25s with a pair of top-fives.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #16
Coming off a solo third at the Byron Nelson, Schwartzel disappointed by missing the cut last week at Colonial. Schwartzel has been solid, if unspectacular, in the Memorial by placing T22 in 2011 and T19 last year.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #14
Bradley has played the Memorial each of the last two years, missing the cut each time. He’s coming off a solo second in the Byron Nelson, which was preceded by a pair of missed cuts. Once again, Bradley has boom-or-bust written all over him.
After capturing his first career Tour victory at TPC Louisiana, Horschel missed the cut in THE PLAYERS. That win capped a streak of four straight results inside the top 10, including three podium finishes. He’s never competed in this event, but was playing extremely well before the recent letdown.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25
Van Pelt needs another good result in the Memorial to return to form. After matching a career-best T3 in 2010, BVP finished T13 each of the last two years. However, he’s finished outside of the top 30 in three of his last four starts.